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*<sleep name="Winter Palace" address="Corniche el Nil" phone="380422" fax="374087" email="[email protected]" price="US$134-US$504">Built in 1886 during Queen Victoria's reign, this Sofitel chain hotel is the place to stay in Luxor. It is very central, well-appointed, and has good service and quite a bit of history. It was on the bulletin board in their lobby that Howard Carter first announced his discovery of King Tut's tomb. Often block-booked by tour groups, so reserve well ahead if you want to stay or be prepared to be flexible with dates.</sleep>
 
*<sleep name="Winter Palace" address="Corniche el Nil" phone="380422" fax="374087" email="[email protected]" price="US$134-US$504">Built in 1886 during Queen Victoria's reign, this Sofitel chain hotel is the place to stay in Luxor. It is very central, well-appointed, and has good service and quite a bit of history. It was on the bulletin board in their lobby that Howard Carter first announced his discovery of King Tut's tomb. Often block-booked by tour groups, so reserve well ahead if you want to stay or be prepared to be flexible with dates.</sleep>
*<sleep name="Jolly Ville Mövenpick Luxor Resort" address="Crocodile Island" directions="4km from Luxor/East and a free shuttle bus/boat service" price="US$165-US$230"> A nice comfortable hotel with 332 rooms & suites. All the rooms are bungalow style, with satellite TVs, direct dial telephones, mini-fridge, private baths with showers and bath and individually controlled air conditioning. There are also terraces which usually face large garden areas and sometimes unusual for Egypt, non-smoking rooms. Recreational activities include an outdoor swimming pool, four tennis courts with flood-lighting, a jogging track, soccer field, table tennis, bicycles, a billiards room, volleyball courts, gymnastics, massages and felucca sailing. The main Restaurant (The Jolie Ville ) is good for Breakfast (comes with the room rate), but the dinner Buffet is expensive.  You are better off eating at the alternative Italian Restaurant adjacent to The Jolie Ville. The Shehrazade terrace has drinks, BBQ, sandwich and ice cream, pizza, and serves lunch and dinner with an excellent Nile view. The only negative to the Movinpic is that most (not all) of the front desk people have limited English skills, so communications can be slow and difficult. They do not have a concierge, so you are on you own if you want to book tours to the East or West Bank Temples.</sleep>
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*<sleep name="Jolly Ville Mövenpick Luxor Resort" address="Crocodile Island" directions="4km from Luxor/East and a free shuttle bus/boat service" price="US$165-US$230"> A nice comfortable hotel with 332 rooms & suites. All the rooms are bungalow style, with satellite TVs, direct dial telephones, mini-fridge, private baths with showers and bath and individually controlled air conditioning. There are also terraces which usually face large garden areas and sometimes unusual for Egypt, non-smoking rooms. Recreational activities include an outdoor swimming pool, four tennis courts with flood-lighting, a jogging track, soccer field, table tennis, bicycles, a billiards room, volleyball courts, gymnastics, massages and felucca sailing. The main Restaurant (The Jolie Ville ) is good for Breakfast (comes with the room rate), but the dinner Buffet is expensive.  You are better off eating at the alternative Italian Restaurant adjacent to The Jolie Ville. The Shehrazade terrace has drinks, BBQ, sandwiches, ice cream, and pizza and serves lunch and dinner with an excellent view of the Nile. The only problem to the Movinpic is that most (not all) of the front desk people have limited English skills, so communications can be slow and difficult. They do not have a concierge, so you are on you own if you want to book tours to the East or West Bank Temples.</sleep>
 
 
  
 
Various large chains like Hilton, Sheraton, Novotel and Meridien also have high-end hotels in Luxor.
 
Various large chains like Hilton, Sheraton, Novotel and Meridien also have high-end hotels in Luxor.
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There is no shortage of venues in Luxor town to access the internet for email and browsing - the last few years have seen shops and food outlets both great and small venture into cyberspace, as a new form of cottage industry. Shop around for the best deal.
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There is no shortage of venues in Luxor town to access the internet for email and browsing - the last few years have seen shops and food outlets both great and small venture into cyberspace as a new form of cottage industry. Shop around for the best deal.
  
 
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The Luxor passport office is located south of the town centre, virtually opposite the Isis Hotel, open  Saturday - Thursday, 8 am 8 pm. Rumour has it that visa extensions are far easier to acquire at this office than in [[Cairo]].
 
The Luxor passport office is located south of the town centre, virtually opposite the Isis Hotel, open  Saturday - Thursday, 8 am 8 pm. Rumour has it that visa extensions are far easier to acquire at this office than in [[Cairo]].
If you want to buy stamp you need small change because no one sell you if you don't have and if you see old woman at the stamp part maybe you will go back again because she don't want to work and don't do anything to you . She don't has a service mind very bad experience with this post office
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If you want to buy stamps, you need small change because no one will sell you if you don't have it, and if you see an old woman at the stamp place, maybe, you will go back again because she doesn't want to work and do anything for you. She doesn't has a service mind. There is very bad experience with this post office.
 
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Revision as of 18:49, 22 April 2009

Luxor Temple from the south-west

The East Bank of Luxor refers to the central part of Luxor township, centred on the twin foci of the Temple of Luxor and the Temple of Karnak. Unlike the West Bank, which was ever the main area for cemeteries and mortuary temples, the East Bank represented the main settlement of the living throughout the millennia - a role that has hardly changed. The vast majority of hotels and tourist facilities are to be found in the East Bank.

Today's catch: Luxor market

Understand

The layout of Luxor town is fairly straightforward: arranged about the temples of Karnak and Luxor (actually some 3 km (1.9 miles) apart, in the north and south of the city respectively) are four main roads with a network of many small streets between them:

  • the Corniche el-Nil (usually just referred to as 'the Corniche', running along the east bank of the Nile and connecting most of the major attractions
  • Sharia al-Mahatta, linking the railway station with the area around Luxor Temple
  • Sharia Karnak, running inland parallel to the Nile and the Corniche
  • Sharia Televizyon, in the southern part of the town, an area of inexpensive accommodation

Sept 06 Currently the centre of Luxor is being dug up, especially around Luxor temple. The park in front of the temple has gone and pedestrian access through the town centre is difficult.

Under construction

Some of this work is to protect the temples (Luxor & Karnak) from the rising water table; the rest of the work is to turn Luxor into an "open-air museum". The tourist market is being gentrified with tiled flooring, pergolas and new facades to the shops. The small boutique-type stalls will be housed in a 3 storey mall and the whole area cleaned up. Sadly, it has already lost a lot of its character.

The work is expected to finish by end 2006 ...but this is Egypt, so don't hold your breath

Get in

The East Bank of Luxor represents the central part of Luxor as a locality, the part of the town that the vast majority of tourists will first arrive in, either by land, river or air - arrive in Luxor, you've essentially got to the East Bank....

See

Temples

  • the Temple of Luxor, open daily May-September 6am – 8pm, October-April 6am-9pm, admission LE£35 - as it stands today, largely the work of Amenhotep III and Ramesses II the Great (whose colossi and obelisk stand at the entrance). Also to be seen is the small "hanging" Mosque of Abu al-Haggag, its position a reflection of the ground level that had built up before excavation of the temple precinct
  • the Temple of Karnak - more accurately, the Temples of Karnak, open daily May-September 6am-6pm, October-April 6am-5pm, admission LE£40
The famous Hypostyle hall at Karnak
    • the Karnak Open Air Museum - an off-shoot to the Karnak temple complex, accessed just before the Second Pylon at left, featuring an amazing array of statuary and reconstructed temple structures. Don't miss this! Ticket to be bought from the Karnak ticket office. Open 6 am - 5.30 pm daily. Entry £10.

Museums

  • Luxor Museum, open daily October-April 9am-1pm and 4pm-9pm, May-September 9am-1pm and 5pm-10pm, admission 80LE - located approximately halfway between Luxor and Karnak temples on the Corniche el-Nil. A small but quality collection of antiquities, mainly from the Luxor region. Includes most of the remarkable collection of pharaonic statuary found in a hidden cache within Luxor Temple in 1989, displayed in a special annex.
Statue of Amenhotep III in Luxor Museum
  • Museum of Mummification, Corniche el-Nil, open daily October-April 9am-1pm and 4pm-9pm, May-September 9am-1pm and 5pm-10pm, admission 35LE, opposite the Mina Palace Hotel - as the name suggests, the small but fascinating collection is devoted to mummification practices.

Do

  • Pay a visit at the Brooke Hospital for Animals - and leave a donation!
  • Pay a repeat visit to Luxor Temple at night - atmospherically lit, it has a completely different mood to that found in the daytime and is usually more intimate then with fewer visitors.
Nile sunsets can be spectacular
  • Watch the sun go down over the Nile: preferably from the terrace of the Old Winter Palace hotel, with a drink in your hand. Listen to cacophony from thousands of small birds that roost in the trees lining the Corniche.

Buy

Eat

  • Jamboree Restaurant, Daily 10.30am-2.30pm & 6.30-10.30pm. 29 Sharia el-Montazah. Ph: 010-146 1712, between the Luxor fire station and the telephone exchange, behind the Mena Palace Hotel - a spotlessly clean, air-conditioned establishment with roof terrace, serving a range of mid-priced Egyptian and international dishes of above average quality including Cajun chicken (LE 22.50), tasty jacket potatoes (LE 9-13) and a safe salad bar. Owned and run by two really friendly and handsome Egyptians, Mr. Hamdy and Mr. Amer.


  • El Kebabgy, Daily 12.00am-12.00pm. Below the Corniche, near the Winter Palace Hotel, it offers great views of the Nile & West Bank and inexpensive, decent quality food including pasta, grills (Kofte, kebab, pigeon), mousaka etc; by candle light at night.


  • McDonalds, Behind Luxor Temple, provides cheeseburgers and a safe haven from the nearby souk.
  • Al-Sahaby Lane [2] The restaurant is located next door to Nefertiti Hotel, in the souk, the colorful Egyptian market of Luxor, on Sahaby street, and it may be the best place in Luxor for a lunch or dinner.

Drink

Sleep

Budget

  • Fontana Hotel, Sharia Radwan. clean and friendly, breakfast included, do haggle over the price! LE15.
  • Oasis Hotel. breakfast and internet included LE20+.
  • Nefertiti Hotel, (North of the temple), [1]. Clean and friendly. Roof terrace with view over the Nile, pool table, internet nice breakfast. LE 30+.

Mid-range

  • Rezeiky Camsite and hotel, Karnak st. (Rezeiky Camp has more than 60 of Single and Double Rooms . All rooms over look the pool and splendid view to the garden , rooms have a place to relax through the patio,Enjoy with sun terrace Swimming pool with our home cooked - Egyptian buffet ,Rezeiky Camp has appartments with Nile View to rent), 2381 334 (fax: 2381 400). basically comfortable ,www.rezeikycamp.com.eg )
  • Horus Hotel, Sharia Karnak (about one block north of the junction with Sharia al-Mahatta, near the Souk), 372 165 (fax: 373 447). basically comfortable, the front rooms have a great view over Sharia Karnak to the northern end of Luxor Temple (perhaps not as great as it sounds - quite a bit of street noise goes with that and the mosque within the temple will guarantee an unforgettable early morning wake-up call from its muzzein....)
  • Philippe Hotel, Sharia Nefertiti, 373 604 (fax: 380 050). a good mid-range hotel, well-located with a rooftop garden, bar and pool

Splurge

  • Winter Palace, Corniche el Nil, 380422 (, fax: 374087). Built in 1886 during Queen Victoria's reign, this Sofitel chain hotel is the place to stay in Luxor. It is very central, well-appointed, and has good service and quite a bit of history. It was on the bulletin board in their lobby that Howard Carter first announced his discovery of King Tut's tomb. Often block-booked by tour groups, so reserve well ahead if you want to stay or be prepared to be flexible with dates. US$134-US$504.
  • Jolly Ville Mövenpick Luxor Resort, Crocodile Island (4km from Luxor/East and a free shuttle bus/boat service). A nice comfortable hotel with 332 rooms & suites. All the rooms are bungalow style, with satellite TVs, direct dial telephones, mini-fridge, private baths with showers and bath and individually controlled air conditioning. There are also terraces which usually face large garden areas and sometimes unusual for Egypt, non-smoking rooms. Recreational activities include an outdoor swimming pool, four tennis courts with flood-lighting, a jogging track, soccer field, table tennis, bicycles, a billiards room, volleyball courts, gymnastics, massages and felucca sailing. The main Restaurant (The Jolie Ville ) is good for Breakfast (comes with the room rate), but the dinner Buffet is expensive. You are better off eating at the alternative Italian Restaurant adjacent to The Jolie Ville. The Shehrazade terrace has drinks, BBQ, sandwiches, ice cream, and pizza and serves lunch and dinner with an excellent view of the Nile. The only problem to the Movinpic is that most (not all) of the front desk people have limited English skills, so communications can be slow and difficult. They do not have a concierge, so you are on you own if you want to book tours to the East or West Bank Temples. US$165-US$230.

Various large chains like Hilton, Sheraton, Novotel and Meridien also have high-end hotels in Luxor.

Contact

Phone

Luxor town has 3 telephone offices, allowing travellers to avoid the often hefty charges levied by hotels and mobile carriers for international phone calls.

The main telephone office is located on Sharia Karnak, adjacent to the souqs and almost opposite the Emilio Hotel. It is conveniently open 24 hours a day. Another, smaller branch can be found below the grand sweeping entrance to the Old Winter Palace Hotel on the Corniche (open 0800-2000); whilst a third telephone office exists at the railway station (open 0800-2000).

Internet

There is no shortage of venues in Luxor town to access the internet for email and browsing - the last few years have seen shops and food outlets both great and small venture into cyberspace as a new form of cottage industry. Shop around for the best deal.

Post

Luxor town's main post office is located on Sharia al-Mahatta, not far from the intersection with Sharia al-Karnak. Open 0830-1430 daily.

A smaller post office branch can be found in the Tourist Bazaar.

Cope

Visa extensions

The Luxor passport office is located south of the town centre, virtually opposite the Isis Hotel, open Saturday - Thursday, 8 am 8 pm. Rumour has it that visa extensions are far easier to acquire at this office than in Cairo.

If you want to buy stamps, you need small change because no one will sell you if you don't have it, and if you see an old woman at the stamp place, maybe, you will go back again because she doesn't want to work and do anything for you. She doesn't has a service mind. There is very bad experience with this post office.

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